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Tom of Temecula

(93 posts)
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 05:34 PM Nov 20

Meidas Touch: Colorado Ballot Initiatives Spell Doom for Lauren Boebert

Although her district leans red in voter registration, CO Rep. Lauren Boebert won both of her elections by just a handful of votes. Since winning her 2022 race by only 606 votes over Democratic challenger Adam Frisch, things have gotten much bleaker for her chances of holding the seat in 2024, and she knows it.

First, Boebert has been in the middle of more drama during the tumultuous Speaker elections, where she backed McCarthy in January, then backed Jim Jordan, and continued to incoherently flip-flop her positions on the Speaker repeatedly. Then, the "family values" candidate went through a divorce and was caught vaping and fondling her date in a crowded theater where children were present before being asked to leave.

Now, the next bomb to drop on Boebert's campaign is Colorado's looming ballot initiatives for 2024, which are likely to turn Democratic-leaning voters out in droves. There is a ballot initiative to enshrine abortion rights in the CO Constitution - favored by a large majority of voters and Frisch but opposed by Boebert. These initiatives have also turned out young voters in huge numbers already in the most conservative states like Kansas and Ohio.

Colorado may also have an initiative to take the state to rank-choice voting in 2026. If that makes it on the ballot (signatures are still being gathered), that could also increase turnout and spell doom for her in 2026 even if she survives this time. Rank-choice voting has crushed polarizing candidates in other places since voters can put multiple candidates ahead of one they strongly dislike. Alaska's rank-choice system resulted in Sarah Palin's defeat, even though she received the most 1st place votes in that Republican state, because so many voters ranked her last among several choices.

https://www.meidastouch.com/news/co-ballot-initiatives-spell-doom-for-boebert

Meidas Touch: Colorado Ballot Initiatives Spell Doom for Lauren Boebert (Original Post) Tom of Temecula Nov 20 OP
Let's hope it's time for BoBo to go Boom Boom Blue Owl Nov 20 #1
Excellent! leftieNanner Nov 20 #2
Thanks! Tom of Temecula Nov 20 #6
Sounds like... 2naSalit Nov 20 #3
Put a fork in her, she's done! machoneman Nov 20 #5
Hoping the ranked choice voting becomes CO law. It could affect Trump as much as Boebert. ancianita Nov 20 #4
Make it so. sheshe2 Nov 20 #7
Ironically, she probably cannot spell doom Kennah Nov 20 #8
Monied republicans in her district have put up a conservative candidate to primary her. Hoping that PortTack Nov 20 #9
Ranked choice tends to eliminate the extremes. Hermit-The-Prog Nov 20 #10
Biden just won Colorado! Let the blue wave rise, man! n/t ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 20 #11

ancianita

(34,605 posts)
4. Hoping the ranked choice voting becomes CO law. It could affect Trump as much as Boebert.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 06:41 PM
Nov 20

Frisch is running against her again.

PortTack

(31,313 posts)
9. Monied republicans in her district have put up a conservative candidate to primary her. Hoping that
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 07:07 PM
Nov 20

Doesn’t keep us from flipping that seat.

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